Wow! I cannot believe this is my last and final post for my learning project! Where has the time gone?… I feel like I have learned a lot in the past 7 weeks as I learned and practiced a variety of painting skills while completing specific paintings on canvases!
I began my learning project very indecisive about what I wanted to learn during the time of this course. I knew I wanted to choose something that would hold my interest throughout the entire course. I thought about my interest in pencil sketching and other drawings but never have I ever had the opportunity to learn how to paint, so it was settled! I decided to take lessons online to learn how to paint on canvases using acrylic paint.
For my first learning project post I described to everyone what I had chosen to do for my learning project while also explaining why I chose the idea. I added in my past experiences with art and my interest towards pencil sketching. My goal for this learning project was to learn new skills and eventually put them together to create a variety of paintings that I could possibly hang up in my house for decoration.
For my second learning project post, I decided to paint a landscape picture to show everyone what I was capable of doing prior to taking steps to learn the proper techniques. For my first painting I used acrylic paint and paper from a sketch book and chose to paint the view I had sitting on my deck at our cabin. I used a total of three different colors and practiced mixing certain colors to create my painting.
With my third learning project post, I dove right in and made the decision to try and paint a more complex painting on a canvas. I use a video on YouTube by a lady named Jane who taught me step-by-step how to create an abstract image. This picture was titled “A Walk in the Rain” and even though I had to make some adjustments, I was quite pleased with my end result and the picture now hangs on the wall in my bedroom!
My fourth learning projected was all about practice! I knew I wanted to practice my blending skills before I began a new painting. I started off with watching a video that gave me some tips on how to blend properly. Even though it was difficult to blend on paper instead of a canvas, I was able to practice the motion and learn how to blend a sky and sunset.
For my fifth learning project post I put my blending skills to the test and painted a sky and sunset onto a canvas. Even though canvases are a lot easier to blend the paint, being the perfectionist that I am, it still took up a lot of my time to complete. For this piece I learned how to add clouds into the sky and sunset by using a video I found on YouTube.
Following my last post, my sixth post was a continuation of my previous painting except I finished adding in the power poles for my end result! I have to admit, it may not look like it would take a long time to draw these poles, but I promise you it does!
After completing my learning project and practicing different techniques and completing my final paintings, I strong feel like I have learned so much. Prior to my learning project, I did not think there were so many different techniques and aspects of painting to keep in mind while creating a painting. Not only did I learn about painting, I also learned a lot about myself and how much patience is needing for painting. There is a lot of space left on my walls and I hope I can use my new skills in my future to continue painting so I can keep decorating my home!